I recently read a sentence that has confused me:
I watched the landscape splinter and barb, the rolling black summits of the Bear River Mountains giving way to the razor-edged Rockies.
In Oxford dictionary "splinter" means:
- A small, thin, sharp piece of wood, glass, or similar material broken off from a larger piece.
And "barb" means:
- A sharp projection near the end of an arrow, fish hook, or similar object, which is angled away from the main point so as to make extraction difficult.
So, could you please tell me if it is a metaphor? And, does the writer want to say:
"the rolling black summits" look like "splinter".
"the razor-edged Rockies" look like "barb".